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5 numbers that tell the story of Ravens season

5 numbers that tell the story of Ravens season

The most telling number of the Ravens 2016 season is probably 8 -- as in eight wins, which simply aren't enough, and eight losses, which simply are too many for a team aspiring to make the playoffs.

As linebacker Zach Orr said while cleaning out his locker on Monday, "We finished 8-8. No matter how you look at it, with the highs and the lows, we’re an average football team right now."

Here are five other numbers that help tell the story of the Ravens season:

31 -- The total number of sacks by the Ravens, the team's lowest total since 2010 and the third-lowest total in franchise history.

Terrell Suggs, playing with a biceps injury much of the year, led the way with eight sacks. But Elvis Dumervil missed eight games and finished with three, and disappointing Za'Darius Smith had just one. Rookie Matt Judon finished with four sacks, but second-round pick Kamalei Correa was no factor as a pass rusher.

Timmy Jernigan finished second on the team with five sacks, though he had three in the first three games and had little impact over the final month of the season.

Quite simply, the Ravens pass rush was a nonfactor way too often.

83.5 -- Joe Flacco's final quarterback rating, which ranked 24th among regular starting quarterbacks.

Flacco threw for a franchise-record 4,317 yards, but that is misleading; he threw 672 passes -- the second-most in the league and also a franchise record. His average of 6.42 yards per attempt was the second-lowest of his career and illustrated the dink-and-dunk, checkdown nature of the Ravens offense.

Whether the knee injury was a factor, Flacco's mechanics were off all season. His accuracy suffered and his decision-making was questionable. He finished with 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

In short, he wasn't nearly good enough.

141 -  Points by kicker Justin Tucker,  a franchise record. That speaks both to Tucker's remarkable season and to the Ravens' repeated inability to score touchdowns.

Tucker was exceptional. He finished 38-for-39 on field goals -- his 38 field goals led the league -- and the only miss was blocked. Tucker tied an NFL record by making 10 field goals from 50 yards or longer. (He was a perfect 10-for-10, in fact.)

But as tight end Dennis Pitta said, the Ravens made Tucker look too good. The offense frequently stalled in the red zone, settling for three points instead of seven. Two clues: They ranked 24th in third-down conversion percentage and 20th in the red zone.

367 -  Carries by the Ravens, the lowest total in franchise history. Despite repeated assurances from coach John Harbaugh that the Ravens wanted to run the ball -- the lack of running helped cost Marc Trestman his job as offensive coordinator -- the Ravens simply refused to do it.

After the season, Harbaugh insisted offensive coordinator Marty Mornhingweg "believes in running the football." But there was little evidence of that. That's a shame, because both Terrance West (193 carries, 774 yards) and especially rookie Kenneth Dixon (88-382) showed plenty of promise.

1,111-- Penalty yards piled up by the Ravens, the third-highest total in franchise history. Their total of 125 penalties ranks tied for third in team history.

Time and again, drives stalled because penalties left the Ravens in second or third-and-long situations and they lacked the offensive firepower or ability to overcome that.

To be sure, penalties hurt on special teams and defense as well; rookie cornerback Tavon Young had a strong rookie season but finished with a team-high nine penalties, including four in the last three games.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: 20 prospects linked to Baltimore at No. 22

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: 20 prospects linked to Baltimore at No. 22

We've made in to NFL draft week. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The 2019 NFL Draft is Thursday night in Nashville, Tn. While the chances of pundits predicting each team's first-round pick accurately is about the same as picking the Powerball numbers, we can't seem to stop ourselves from looking at them. Here's a look at 20 prospects mocked to the Ravens at No. 22, courtesy of the Ravens' website.  


2. One of the many exciting parts of the NFL draft is waiting to hear which organizations trade forward or backwards to acquire a pick. Just last year, the Ravens traded back from their No. 16 pick several times to select Hayden Hurst at No. 25, before trading back into the first-round to pick Lamar Jackson at No. 32. But which trade in Ravens history was the most impactful? ESPN's Jamison Hensley selected the Ravens' trade for running back Jamal Lewis.


"In 1999, the Ravens traded their second-round pick (No. 43) for Atlanta's first-round pick in 2000, which they used to land running back Jamal Lewis," Hensley wrote. "The Falcons selected tight end Reggie Kelly, and the Ravens got what turned into the No. 5 overall pick in the 2000 draft. Baltimore drafted Lewis, who carried the offense during the team's 2000 Super Bowl championship season and recorded the NFL's fifth 2,000-yard season in 2003."


3. As Marlon Humphrey enters his third year in the league, the cornerback will not only be expected to take on a leadership role within the Ravens' new look defense, but top his impressive sophomore season. In 2018, Humphrey contested 35% of targets thrown into his coverage marking the second-best rate in all the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. 


Looking Ahead:

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get long-term deal done with designated franchise tag player

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

One more week of the NFL offseason in the books. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donated $100,000 to help rebuilding efforts for three historically black churches in the Louisiana area that recently burned down by an alleged arsonists. An effort led by former tight end Benjamin Watson, Bisciotti reached out to him Sunday committing his donation. 

2. The GOAT gene has transferred from Justin Tucker to his son, Easton. The kicker posted a video on his Instagram Thursday of the little guy kicking a (mini) field goal right down the middle, just like his dad. 

Looking Ahead:

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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